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Would you like to intern with an organization focused on corporate research and accountability? Do you have a particular interest in promoting international standards or laws to secure more just trade policies and more responsible business conduct? Would you like to develop your skills in research, advocacy and event-planning by working within a committed and energetic team? SOMO and OECD Watch are offering a four- to six-month research internship within the Rights, Remedy and Accountability team, preferably starting 4 March 2019.

About SOMO and OECD Watch

SOMO is a research and network organisation founded in 1973. We investigate the consequences of multinational corporations’ activities and the impact of corporate globalisation, particularly on developing countries. SOMO’s Rights, Remedy and Accountability team (RRA) seeks to address the global governance gaps that allow multinational corporations to operate with impunity. We push for stronger corporate accountability frameworks, including an international binding treaty on corporate accountability for human rights violations. We also support workers, communities, individuals and civil society organisations in filing complaints to the non-judicial grievance mechanisms of international finance institutions. OECD Watch is a network of organizations based within SOMO’s RRA team. OECD Watch focuses on strengthening the OECD Guidelines for Multinational Enterprises and its non-judicial grievance mechanism of National Contact Points (NCPs). OECD Watch brings the voice of civil society to the OECD, working to ensure that the NCP complaint mechanism provides meaningful access to remedy for victims of irresponsible business conduct.

About the internship

During this internship, you will work for the RRA team and the OECD Watch secretariat. You will provide research, advocacy, event-planning and administrative support.

Key activities and responsibilities

  • You will perform research (including statistical research) on the structure and effectiveness of the NCPs of the OECD Guidelines on Multinational Enterprises.
  • You will support the OECD Watch secretariat with overall coordination of the OECD Watch network, including assistance planning its 2019 General Assembly.
  • You will help prepare submissions for advocacy meetings and consultations at the OECD.
  • You will help support communities filing complaints to NCPs, and maintain a database of community-led NCP complaints.
  • You will help manage content creation and posting for the OECD Watch website.
  • You will help organize a public event supporting development of an internationally-binding treaty on business and human rights that is being negotiated in the UN Human Rights Council.
  • You will support SOMO’s advocacy and campaigning efforts supporting development of the UN treaty on business and human rights.

Requirements

  • Affinity with the mission of SOMO and OECD Watch.
  • Strong analytical skills.
  • Excellent command of English.
  • Strong organizational skills.
  • Good communication skills (verbal and written).
  • Ability to work independently and pro-actively, while also being a good team-worker.
  • Enrolment in a relevant bachelor or master study.
  • A work permit for the Netherlands.